Vikas Khanna Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Amritsar, Punjab
Age: 52 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried

Vikas Khanna Profile

Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 11”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 82 kg
in Pounds- 181 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 Inches
- Waist: 32 Inches
- Biceps: 12 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth14 November 1971 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023)52 Years
BirthplaceAmritsar, Punjab, India
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownAmritsar, Punjab, India
CollegeWelcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipur, India
Cornell University, New York, USA
New York University, New York, USA
Educational QualificationsDegree in Hospitality Management
FamilyFather- Late Davinder Khanna
Mother- Bindu Khanna
Vikas khanna with his parents
Brother- Nishant Khanna (elder)
Sister- Radhika Khanna (younger) (died on 28 February 2022 due to organ failure)
HobbiesDoing yoga, listening to music
ControversiesIn September 2015, Chef Vikas Khanna inadvertently became a part of a controversy when he asked PM Narendra Modi to autograph the National Flag, to which the PM obliged gladly. Writing anything on the National Flag is considered as a violation of the Indian Flag code. Following the controversy, an official statement released by the government banished all such claims by saying that the cloth which PM had signed was a piece of art crafted by Khanna's physically challenged adopted daughter and was not the National Flag.
FoodAaloo Methi, Creamy Chicken Tikka Masala
CuisinesBhutanese and Tibetan Cuisines
BookJonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Travel DestinationMorocco
ChefGordon Ramsay
RestaurantselBulli (Spain), Sasuma (Gujarat)
MoviesHollywood: The Shawshank Redemption, Before Midnight
Bollywood: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/Girlfriends Not Known
ChildrenDaughter- N/A
Son- N/A

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Vikas Khanna

  • Vikas was born with Club Foot, a condition in which the leg bones are not aligned properly at the joint and can look as if they have been turned sideways. Because of this condition, he could not walk until the age of 13.
  • Due to the above condition, Vikas couldn’t move around and thus had to spend most of his time in the kitchen, where his grandmother would be cooking meals for the family. Seeing her Grandmother cooking food, Vikas developed an interest in the same.
  • Inspired by his brother, Vikas first decided to take up Engineering, but later dropped the idea owing to his poor mathematical skills.
  • At the age of 17, Vikas established a small Banquet hall named Lawrence Gardens, where he served both as an organizer and a caterer for small kitty parties and family functions.
  • After spending a few years as a chef in India, Vikas immigrated to USA to pursue further courses in Hospitality. For this purpose, he attended the Cornell University & the New York University.
  • Initially, he struggled to make a mark in US. Despite working as a waiter and gaining the required experience, the chances to enter the kitchen were looking bleak for him. At one point, he had made his mind to return to India but stars had something else in store for him. In an interview, while explaining this, he said that he had heard someone talking about a requirement of 300 portions of any appetiser. Responding to the requirement, he cooked and took the Gujarati dish, Dhokla, to the specified address of a restaurant. The owner of the place was so impressed by him, that he was instantly offered the post of executive chef at the Salaam Bombay Restaurant, New York.
  • In 2006, Vikas featured in Gordon Ramsay’s famous American Television series named Kitchen Nightmares.
  • On 2nd December 2009, he started a restaurant by the name of Junoon in Flatiron District of Manhattan. Vikas Khanna restaurant Junoon
  • Junoon has been awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for 5 consecutive years since 2010. Michelin Guide is the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments; the acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant.
  • Interestingly, Vikas has co-hosted 3 consecutive seasons of Master Chef India- from 2nd to 4th season. Master Chef India poster
  • In May 2012, Vikas cooked for a fundraiser hosted for President Obama at the Rubin Museum of Artin, New York.
  • He is the goodwill ambassador of the Smile Foundation, a foundation aimed at making people aware about the causes and consequences of malnutrition.
  • Vikas once turned down a role offered by Bollywood Film-maker Karan Johar, stating that the culinary field will always be his priority.
  • He has featured in the Sexiest Man Alive list of the People’s Magazine. Also, the New York Eater blog voted him as New York’s hottest chef in 2011.
  • He is also the founder of Cooking for Life and SAKIV Organizations, which host gastronomic events around the world in support of different relief efforts and awareness issues.
  • Vikas has authored a number of books like The Spice Story of India, Modern India Cooking, Flavors First, Utsav, etc.